Press Release

  • Apr
    27

Ram Sponsors ‘Walk Like MADD 5K’

April 27, 2015

Ram Employees and their family participated in the Fort Lauderdale "Walk Like MADD 5K on Sunday."

Ram Employees and their family participated in the Fort Lauderdale “Walk Like MADD 5K” on Sunday.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – April 27, 2015 – Ram Realty Services sponsored the “Walk Like MADD” 5K in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, April 26. The walk took place along the Las Olas Riverwalk and is just one of hundreds of walks across the country put on by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in an effort to end drunk driving crimes. Employees of Ram showed their support by walking in the 5K and donating to MADD, ultimately raising $1,388 for the organization. In total, the event raised over $175,000.

Money donated to MADD is used for victim services, as well as drunk driving awareness, education and prevention.

About Ram

Founded in 1978, Ram is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire, develop, manage and finance retail and residential properties in the Southeast. The group also selectively acquires debt secured by retail and residential properties.  Ram is currently investing Ram Realty Partners III LP, a value-added fund targeting retail and multifamily properties in select high growth markets in the Southeast.  Since 1996, the company has deployed $1.7 billion in real estate transactions.  Ram is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.ramrealestate.com.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 8.6 minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. For more information, visit www.madd.org.

 

  • Apr
    16

Ram Sells The Cypress Shopping Center

April 16, 2015

Ram Sells The Cypress Shopping Center

  • Ram sells The Cypress Shopping Center to DFG-Tampa Cypress, LLC
  • The Cypress Shopping Center is a 111,228 SF property located in Tampa, Fla.
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Tampa, Fla., April 14, 2015—Ram Realty Services, a leading developer and real estate investment manager throughout the Southeast, has announced the sale of The Cypress Shopping Center to DFG-Tampa Cypress, LLC. Dennis Carson of CBRE Inc., brokered the sale.

The Cypress Shopping Center is located at the heart of the rapidly growing, affluent Wesley Chapel area of Tampa, Fla., known as New Tampa, and includes 111,228 SF of retail space. It is currently 93% occupied and anchored by LA Fitness and Sweetbay. Ram will retain two pad sites and three outparcels as part of the deal.

The Cypress was originally constructed in 2009. In late 2011, Ram acquired interest in the asset for its third fund (RRPIII) through the purchase of two promissory notes secured by a first mortgage and directed by Regions Bank. Ram subsequently took title of the property in May 2013 and brought it to its current stabilization.

About Ram

Founded in 1978, Ram is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire, develop, manage and finance retail and residential properties in the Southeast. The group also selectively acquires debt secured by retail and residential properties.  Ram is currently investing Ram Realty Partners III LP, a value-added fund targeting retail and multifamily properties in select high growth markets in the Southeast.  Since 1996, the company has deployed $1.7 billion in real estate transactions.  Ram is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.ramrealestate.com.

  • Apr
    3

TJ Maxx opens at University Center

April 3, 2015

Jacksonville, Fla. (April 3, 2015)— Nationwide retailer TJ Maxx hosted hundreds of customers in its grand opening at Ram’s University Center in Jacksonville, Fla., last weekend. TJ Maxx backfilled 24,067 square feet of the former Stein Mart space, bringing occupancy to 100%. Beall’s Outlet occupies the remaining 21,020 square feet of the former Stein Mart space.

Located at the SE corner of W. University and St. Augustine Road, University Center boasts 102,7898 square feet of retail space and serves a diverse customer base. Other notable tenants include LA Fitness, Dollar Tree, McDonald’s and CVS.

About Ram

Founded in 1978, Ram is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire, develop, manage and finance retail and residential properties in the Southeast. The group also selectively acquires debt secured by retail and residential properties.  Ram is currently investing Ram Realty Partners III LP, a value-added fund targeting retail and multifamily properties in select high growth markets in the Southeast.  Since 1996, the company has deployed $1.7 billion in real estate transactions.  Ram is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina.

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  • Mar
    25

Peace, Love & Wellness Music Festival Returning to Midtown

March 25, 2015

Palm Beach Gardens, FL (March 17, 2015) Yoga for kids, mural painting, ‘play-an-instrument’ children’s tent and more join the Mainstreet at Midtown’s 3rd Annual Peace Love & Wellness Music Festival on April 11 from Noon to 4 p.m. Featuring live performances from Ketchy Shuby and Hip Abduction on the main stage, the afternoon block party showcases healthy lifestyle vendors and family fun. Additionally, Midtown’s own Cantina Laredo will host a “Yappy Hour” inviting people to bring their dogs on leashes and Big Dog Ranch Rescue will be on hand with furry friends for adoption.
Attendees to the coolest block party of the year can participate in free yoga classes in The Yoga Zone, visit Midtown restaurants and food trucks for lunch, take the family to the interactive kid’s zone, browse an eclectic range of vendors and partake in massages and demonstrations.
Vendor space is available for the event by contacting Belle Forino, Marketing Manager for Mainstreet at Midtown, by phoning 561.282.4623 or emailing bforino@ramrealestate.com. The day’s events for this year’s Midtown Peace, Love & Wellness Music Festival are as follows:
FAMILY FUN

KIDS ROCK N ROLL TENT: Kids try ROCK N ROLL instruments in a real band setting with musicians who will demonstrate the basics of playing a variety of musical instruments.
 
PAINTING ACTIVITIES with The Lighthouse ArtCenter
 
FACE PAINTER
 
KIDS YOGA with Palm Beach Athletic Wear & Yoga
Noon – 12:30 pm at The Yoga Zone

Kids Band (TRAFFIC JAM): Performing at the KIDS ROCK n ROLL TENT run by LIVE MUSIC COMMUNITY.
1:45 pm – 2 pm
 
BIG DOG RANCH will be bringing dogs for adoption.
 
LIVE MUSIC on the MAIN STAGE
Ketchy Shuby Noon – 1:30 pm
The Hip Abduction 2 pm – 4 pm
YOGA ZONE with Palm Beach Athletic Wear & Yoga
BYO Yoga Gear for free yoga classes. 
Noon – 12:30 – Kids yoga class with Miss Chrissy (30 minutes)
12:45 – 1:15 – Gentle / Basic Yoga (30 minutes)
1:15 – 1:45 –  Gentle/Basic Yoga (30 minutes)
2:45 – 3:15 – Gentle/Basic Yoga (30 minutes)
PETS
FUNDRAISING RAFFLE supporting BIG DOG RANCH 
Tickets sold at: The MIDTOWN and BIG DOG RANCH tents and at CANTINA LAREDO’s YAPPY HOUR.
 
YAPPY HOUR at Cantina Laredo
Noon to 4 pm
Bring your dogs and party with friends of Big Dog Ranch at Cantina Laredo’s YAPPY HOUR during the MIDTOWN PEACE LOVE & WELLNESS MUSIC FESTIVAL. Dogs on the leash are welcome.
 
DONATE YOUR OLD YOGA MAT
Palm Beach Athletic Wear & Yoga is inviting everyone to bring their old yoga mats and old linens to donate to Big Dog Ranch.
IN-STUDIO DEMOS
PALM BEACH ATHLETIC WEAR & YOGA 
Studio FREE
1:30-2:30 – Beginner Anti-Gravity Yoga Fundamentals
3:00 – Aerial Yoga Demo
3:15 – Aerial Yoga Demo
3:30 – Aerial Yoga Demo
3:45 – Aerial Yoga Demo
 
CORE EVOLUTION
Introduction to the Megaformer Classes. Each class can hold 10 people. Sign up at the studio to take a FREE class. 
1:15-1:30  
2:15-2:30
3:15-3:30
FOOD
Cantina Laredo, Veggie Express and Rock in Roll Out will all be offering healthy samplings along with:  Christopher’s Kitchen, Chipotle and Saito’s.
The 3rd Annual Midtown Peace, Love & Wellness Music Festival grooves in on April 11 from Noon until 4 pm at Midtown PGA 4801 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens. The event line-up joins the dining and shopping destination’s 12-week free concert series, Music on the Plaza; the swede fest™ palm beach amateur film festival and more.
FOR CALENDARS:
DATE: Saturday April 11, 2015
TIME: Noon to 4 pm
LOCATION: Mainstreet at Midtown
4801 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens
 
ENTERTAINMENT: A mix of live bands spreading good vibrations, wellness vendors, demonstrations, yoga classes, kids zone, “yappy hour” and additional food and drinks available.
For information about the bands, available sponsorships and other details, contact Belle Forino, Marketing Manager for Mainstreet at Midtown, by phoning 561.282.4623 or emailing bforino@ramrealestate.com. Website:http://www.midtownpga.com
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MEDIA CONTACT
Elizabeth Dashiell
561-543-8276
palmbeachpr@yahoo.com
  • Feb
    27

Ram President Jim Stine named “Alumnus of the Year”

February 27, 2015

Ram President Jim Stine was named the University of Florida Bergstrom Center’s Alumnus of the Year this morning at the UF Trends and Strategies Conference in Orlando, Fla. The conference, held annually, brings together industry professionals to discuss the future of Real Estate and network with the best in the industry.

Stine provides senior leadership for several Company functions, including asset management and development. He joined Ram in 2010 and serves on the Company’s  Investment Committee. Mr. Stine also currently serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Florida’s  Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies (UFCRES) and served as chairman 2012-2013. He is an active member in the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Additionally, he is a past member of the University of Florida Broward County Regional Development Committee, the Board of Directors of Children’s  Place at Homesafe as well as Leadership Palm Beach. Mr. Stine is licensed in mortgage brokerage and real estate sales in the State of Florida.

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  • Feb
    12

Design Center of the Carolinas in Historic South End Announces Six New Tenants

February 12, 2015

Occupancy Rate at 91%

Charlotte, NC – The Design Center of the Carolinas (DCC) is enjoying over 90% occupancy as six new tenants have leased a total of 15,268 SF in the historic South End office complex.   Owner Ram Realty Services announces the addition of Gray Construction, Seafoods.com, Energy Renewal Partners, SEN Design, Feetures!, and The Avalon Group.

The gathering place for creativity and an inspiring environment for innovative businesses, the Design Center is the symbolic heart of South End with its iconic water tower. The Design Center is a three-building complex, of which two are historic.

Gray Construction has leased 4,121 SF. Serving as Gray’s South Atlantic office, the DCC location provides a full spectrum of engineering, architecture and construction services to customers interested in expanding or locating in the South Atlantic region of the United States. Peter Katz, CCIM, formerly of Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA, represented the Design Center of the Carolinas and The Keith Corporation represented Gray Construction.

Seafoods.com has leased 3,329 SF in the Courtyard Building. Seafoods.com is a Solutions-Based Company; their goal to become each and every one of their customers’ single greatest resource for fresh seafood and premium proteins. Peter Katz, CCIM, formerly of Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA, represented the Design Center of the Carolinas. Mike Kemmet of Cassidy Turley represented Seafoods.com.

Energy Renewal Partners is leasing 2,761 SF in the Courtyard Building. Energy Renewal Partners’ experienced team provides the entire spectrum of environmental and consulting services to energy sector clients. Peter Katz, CCIM, formerly of Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA, represented the Design Center of the Carolinas with Energy Renewal Partners represented by Kristy Venning of Beacon Development.

SEN Design is leasing 2,135 SF in the Courtyard Building. Founded in 1994, SEN is the industry’s first and largest kitchen and bathroom buying group. They improve the business capabilities and bottom lines of their clients by offering valuable education, training, marketing support, business development, and coaching based on their client’s specific needs. Gus Postal, Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA, represented the Design Center of the Carolinas. Holly Alexander of New South Properties of the Carolinas represented SEN Design in the transaction.

Feetures! has leased 1,207 SF also in the Courtyard Building. A family-run company with a global reach, they harness new technology with the goal of producing the best performance socks in the world. Peter Katz, CCIM, formerly of Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA represented the DCC and Feetures! was represented by Bo Younts of My Townhomes Realty.

The Avalon Group has leased 1,715 SF in the Atrium Building. The Avalon Group is a sales, marketing and logistics firm specialized in the brand development of European-based Men’s and Women’s fashion apparel and footwear. The company is focused on the wholesale trade sector to upscale retail institutions with a territory that spans the United States and Canada. Gus Postal, Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA, represented the Design Center of the Carolinas and Julie Cash of Keller Williams Realty handled The Avalon Group.

“With these new leases we are pleased to announce that the Design Center of the Carolinas is at a 91% occupancy rate,” said Phil Heath, Ram’s Vice President of Commercial Asset Management. “Ram has a long-term commitment to the Charlotte market and this level of interest further validates our confidence in the improvement of the local office market and the continued desirability of DCC as the office hub for forward-thinking businesses.”

About Design Center

The Design Center of the Carolinas is ideally located between Camden Road, West Tremont and Worthington Avenues in the Historic South End of Charlotte, NC, along the LYNX Light Rail at East/West Blvd. A signature example of adaptive reuse of historic buildings, DCC is comprised of three distinct buildings featuring exposed brick, expansive windows and compelling architectural details, giving a vintage vibe to contemporary workspace. Its trademark water tower is also a landmark of Historic South End and a symbol of its urban redevelopment. This unique workspace is designed to bring life to a progressive mix of showrooms, studios, offices and event spaces, resulting in a one-of-a-kind gathering place for creativity and forward-thinking businesses. For more information, please visit www.designcentercarolinas.com or contact Megan Atkin at (561)282.4684 or matkin@ramrealestate.com regarding leasing opportunities.

About Ram                   

Founded in 1978, Ram is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire, develop, manage and finance retail and residential properties in the Southeast. The group also selectively acquires debt secured by retail and residential properties.  Ram is currently investing Ram Realty Partners III LP, a value-added fund targeting retail and multifamily properties in select high growth markets in the Southeast.  Since 1996, the company has deployed $1.7 billion in real estate transactions.  Ram is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.ramrealestate.com.

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 Contact: Kendria Sweet, kendria@sweetteaconsulting.com, 704.533.3796

  • Jan
    16

Ram Realty Services is Committed to Restoration and Preservation

January 16, 2015

Efforts to “save” the rocklands are based on a misunderstanding of the true conditions on site

Editors Note: View and download a virtual tour of the Coral Reef Commons site:

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Miami, FL – January 16, 2015 –The Coral Reef Commons development site represents less than three percent of the Richmond Pine Rockland complex, and even less of the total pine rocklands in Miami-Dade County. Ram Realty Services is dedicated to the restoration of a significant portion of the land that we own. It should be noted that the Richmond Pine Rockland complex encompasses more than four square miles, of which 74 percent is under public ownership, with an additional 20 percent long ago developed by others.

Environmentalists opposing the development of the site have continuously misunderstood the facts and the current condition of the property.

The notion that the Coral Reef Commons site is a pristine forest is erroneous. Over the last 70 years the site has been used for military purposes, a medical research facility, commercial buildings, residential buildings, enclosures for animals, an incinerator and blimp bays. As such, the area is severely degraded and will continue to deteriorate unless significant resources and consistent management efforts are put into place.

The best prospect for regaining the natural environment is a comprehensive restoration plan such as the one Ram Realty Services is developing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Under this plan, almost 40 percent of our property will be restored to its natural native state, set aside and maintained as a natural preserve in perpetuity – a standard never previously achieved in the region.

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Wragg & Casas Strategic Communications 305-372-1234

Jeanmarie Ferrara 305-458-3778 / jferrara@wraggcasas.com

Mark Sell 305-206-5397 / msell@wraggcasas.com